Schizoaffective Disorder vs. Bipolar Disorder: How They’re Different


I was diagnosed BP w/ psychosis before SZA, bipolar type. Then my pdoc learned that I was having hallucinations and delusions all the time, and he changed my Dx.


bi-polar is mostly mood

sz/sza is mostly mind

No. SZA is mood AND mind.


I said ‘‘mostly’’


  • I was first diagnosed with major depression, at age 12.
  • Then I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder, at age 23, cancelling out major depression.
  • Then I was diagnosed with schizoaffective bipolar type, also at age 23, cancelling out bipolar 2 disorder.

I’ve been diagnosed as schizoaffective bipolar type for 5 years, now. I believe I have had schizoaffective since age 12, though, because I had depression, extreme hyperness at times (which wasn’t mentioned to the psychiatrist), and I also started hallucinating at that age (which also wasn’t mentioned to the psychiatrist, cause I thought I was just seeing real ghosts).

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And again, you are incorrect. SZA is a combo. It’s not more mind than mood. It’s like having both at the same time. Equally.

I have SZA. I should know.


I have SZA too

I learnt about it

Good for you.


did you get your info form the DSIM?

This is entirely wrong IMO. I have SZA. Part of definition of the illness is having a mood disorder. I don’t see how the illness isn’t mood orientated.

Also how does one tell the difference between mind and mood. What effects your mood if not your mind? How can you draw a line between them when they are inherently linked?


mind and mood are different

Stating an opinion is not the same as actually explaining how you formed your opinion. How are they separate? How aren’t they inherently linked. You don’t think one effects the other?

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can you change your mood with thoughts?

Yes. Thats why things like CBT exist.


My memes did it for me

So you agree they are linked then? The thought of a meme changed your mood?

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I don’t what the ■■■■ you are talking about dude.
I gotta say trying to communicate with you is ruining my mood. Now I have angry thoughts. See? Connected.



Go about your bussiness

I don’t care